I agree that this was a political stunt but it won't hurt him in the slightest. Anybody opposed to gay people probably wouldn't have voted for him anyway because most voters vote based on the party system and democrats are known to support "gay" initiatives. "Coming out" will probably assist him by making other gay people around the state feel as though they have a bigger stake in this election though it would mostly be a symbolic victory for them if he were to win. That will likely result in more gay Michaud supporters going to vote and may peel a few voters away from Cutler's campaign. This would, however be political suicide if Michaud were a conservative candidate. Out of curiosity's sake, does anybody know of a homosexual conservative who's ever been successful?
I did my voting early this year.
I voted "yes" on 1, not because I feel that it's really a necessity, but because it became apparent to me during the federal shutdown that congress cannot be depended on for maintaining funds for the national guard so we have to take care of our own.
I voted "no" on question 2 because although investing in education is important, it would just give more reason to raise the price even more for our already overpriced university system. As a former student of USM I can attest to the dropping enrollment rate as students abandon the universities for a more realistically priced education at the community colleges. I felt that the benefit of making this investment would fall to a very small percentage of Maine people who would likely eventually leave the state to use their education elsewhere.
I voted "yes" on question 3 because though much of the money appropriated for our infastructure tends to be misused, at least a portion of it will be spent appropriately, creating jobs (however temporary) and positively affecting the lives of all mainers who use the roads daily.
I voted "no" on question 4 because I felt that the benefits of approving the bond would be felt by a very small fraction of Mainers. Perhaps during better times this wouldn't be a bad idea but with thousands of residents losing Mainecare, struggling to find jobs, and being cut off from other government aid now seems a poor time for this kind of investment. It's high time we got our priorities in order.
Lastly, I voted "yes" on question 5 because Investing in Community colleges is something that people all over the state can benefit from because Community college students are much more likely to use their education locally after graduation. Also, many more people attend Community college and will be affected directly by this bond package.
that was a reference to the vaseline comment